Fenlands fishing UK

ANGLING: Smith catches the crea, with cat meat – THE Fenland Rods anglers regularly fish the Decoy Lakes complex and in the latest pairs event they used the Four Island and Willows lakes.
Top individual was John Smith with a 74lb net of carp taken on cat meat and pellet.
His weight combined with Lee Garner’s catch saw them take the pairs event.

Father and son combination Kevin and Jonathan Bevis came second followed by Tim Bates and Pete Nobbs in third place.

• ANOTHER local club that has had a great deal of success on Decoy is the Allsorts club.
Several of their anglers have come to the fore since the switch was made to stillwaters as opposed to rivers and drains.

None more than the in-form Lee Covell who has featured regularly in my column in recent weeks.

Lee again won the club’s latest fixture on Oak Lake with an impressive 79lb 14oz taken on paste over a bed of hemp.

Second-placed Dave Arbon had 56lb 8oz to just edge out Eugene Weetman on 55lb into third.

Allsorts Club members should note that this coming weekend’s fixture at Ferry Meadows is cancelled.

• THE latest Black Bull match was held on Kingsland’s small lake but the big weights that many had hoped for did not materialise.

Gary Cranwell came out on top with 29lb of carp taken on pole and paste fished in the margins. His weight was definitely boosted by a fine carp weighing in at 17lb.

Tony Pollard took second place with 15lb 8oz followed by Martin Harwood who put 15lb 6oz to the scales.

• JON Wilson made it two wins in two matches with another outstanding performance in the latest Grebe AC competition.

Fishing Two Islands Lakes at Dents of Hilgay in Norfolk, Wilson caught 17 carp totaling 91lb 6oz on pole and paste fished at six metres from the bank in nearly eight feet of water.
Ron Gilbert suffered a blank two hours but went on to finish second with 11 carp for 76lb 2oz, taken mainly on shallow waggler with banded pellet hookbait.

Result: 1 Jon Wilson, 91lb 6oz; 2 Ron Gilbert, 76lb 2oz; 3 Phil Vincent, 58lb 1oz

• DEEPING St James anglers arrived at the Coronation Channel to find the venue gin clear and very weedy. The match bank was unfishable at most pegs and so they fished the opposite bank.

Dave Pearson took first place with one tench weighing 4lb 2oz taken on chopped worm and pole.

Mick Wright was runner-up with 3lb 12oz of mainly perch taken on the bomb with Brian Ogden recording 8oz to take third place.

• WHITTLESEY Dyke hosted the latest Whittlesey AA event and anglers found the venue running and coloured.

Top rod was Mark Chesters who took three bream to 5lb and a tench of 2lb 8oz on the worm over groundbait. The rest of his catch was made up of small fish all taken on pinkie.
Runner-up Terry Tribe took a net of small fish on the pole with pinkie to record 5lb 12oz. Third place went to Paul Wright who finished with 4lb 10oz.

• EARLIER in the week the Whittlesey juniors also fished at Whittlesey Dyke and in the under 12 section Mark Lambert took a small fish net on pinkie to take the honours with 1lb 11oz.

In second place was Jamie Walton on 9oz and third place went to Curtis Warner on 6oz.
In the 12 to16 year old category first place went to Robert Pitcher who took a bream and small fish to weigh in 5lb 14oz.

Second with 1lb 7oz was Danny Hotchkiss followed by Carl Lambert on 1lb 4oz.

• WHERE have all the anglers gone that used to enjoy fishing our Fenland Drains?
That is the question being asked by Ramsey officials after a poor turnout in last weekend’s open match on the Forty Foot Drain.

No-one could complain about the long walks as you can park behind your peg and the car safety issue is not applicable here and the drain has also been fishing well.
It does seem as if there has to be a team event on a venue these days to attract a large entrance.

Top rod with 29lb 9oz was Joe Brudenell from Oundle who took five bream and a good tench from peg 112 on the long pole with caster.
Second was local rod Harry Young on 11lb followed by Kevin Windmill with 8lb 11oz.

• TWO of the JVAC regulars John Wright and Nick Carlton battled it out for the top spot in the club’s latest match on the Oak pool at Decoy with John coming out on top weighing in 63lb 14oz. He had a net of carp taken on pellet and corn.

Similar tactics saw Nick weigh in 61lb 8oz. Dave Parsons was third on 57lb 4oz.

• MATCH-winner Mark Perkins is the man to beat when it comes to feeder fishing at Decoy Lakes as he completed a hat-trick of wins.

He finished way out in front with 167lb 8oz. Drawn on peg 10 on the Beastie Lake he fished a feeder in open water taking carp to double figures on a dead red maggot.

Runner-up was Steve Winter, who drew peg 4 and fished pellet shallow to record 125lb.
Result: 1 M. Perkins, Dynamite MS, 167lb 8oz; 2 S. Winter, Harlequins, 125lb; 3 R. Tweddell, Bourne MG, 124lb; 4 S. Freeman, Decoy, 121lb 8oz.

• THE Sunday match on Beastie Lake produced a tight finish with Stan Dow and Rick Tweddell level on 98lb. Stan took his fish on the long pole line with cat meat and corn while Rick relied on a caster approach in the margins.

Result: 1= S. Dow, Decoy and R Tweddell, Sensas Bourne MG, both 98lb; 3 N. Parkinson, Daiwa Trentmen, 97lb 4oz; 4 D. Smalley, Chatteris, 86-4-0.
Decoy Lakes
Horseshoe, Saturday: 1 H. Fulcher, Decoy, 97lb 8oz; 2 A. Barber, Decoy, 87lb 4oz; 3 T. Evans, Spalding, 72lb 8oz; 4 R. Edmundson, Decoy, 65lb.

ANGLERS from all over the UK came together at Rutland Water last week to fish in the fourth AW WaterAid Fly Fishing Challenge and helped raise a record £18,000 for the charity, which helps improve water supplies and sanitation in countries in the developing world.

The winning individual was Rob Barden of Southern Water with five fish for 9lb 6oz.

• RINGSTEAD Grange has not seen quite so many anglers of late but those that have fished have been rewarded with some better than average catches.

Vic Wright took the best fish last week, a rainbow of 12lb 2oz taken from a boat on a Gold Ribbed Hairs Ear.

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